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    2nd model Maynard, .50 cal...questions before I load and fire

    I inherited the little carbine a few years back,and finally...due to a friends prodding....want to load and shoot it .
    been ten years since I shot it, with my late brother, a CW re enactor and canon buff.
    I have some 'full charge' brass cases,if I decide to load less than full, do I need a filler like COW so no airsspace ?

    From other threads it looks like regular caps can be used ,no need for musket caps ? reg caps do fit on the existing nipple.also are musket caps 'hotter' ?

    I have FFg Goex,and FFFg triple seven ,which is 'best' to use ?
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    ...and finally...for now...the tall blade on the leaf sight ,is it shot with the blade leaning back towards the shooter...seems like the only way to repeat the sight picture.
    ...thanks for any help , and for sure we'll be taking videos and pictures.
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    We in the N-SSA only shoot REAL black powder. Some folks get better accuracy with FFg, others with FFFg. Some like Goex, others like Swiss, Schuetzen is another choice.

    You will need to experiment to find the best combination for your carbine.
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    Yes, you will need filler. COW is good.

    maynard should have a musket nipple, musket caps are hotter.
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    If you go with less than a full charge, then yes, I would use a filler over the top of the powder. Cream of Wheat works well. Grits or cornmeal would also work, but Cream of Wheat measures out better for me when using powder dippers. I would suggest using a reduced charge. I don't own a Maynard, but I do own several other CW era carbines and I don't shoot full loads in any of them. I find best accuracy in most of them is somewhere between 30 and 40 grains of powder. Start low and work your way up until you find what the gun likes.

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    Don't use

    Don't use Triple Seven in a original Civil War era firearm.
    Only meant for use in modern in line muzzle loaders, Too much breech pressure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Throckmorton View Post
    I inherited the little carbine a few years back,and finally...due to a friends prodding....want to load and shoot it .
    been ten years since I shot it, with my late brother, a CW re enactor and canon buff.
    I have some 'full charge' brass cases,if I decide to load less than full, do I need a filler like COW so no airsspace ?

    From other threads it looks like regular caps can be used ,no need for musket caps ? reg caps do fit on the existing nipple.also are musket caps 'hotter' ?

    I have FFg Goex,and FFFg triple seven ,which is 'best' to use ?
    ...
    ...and finally...for now...the tall blade on the leaf sight ,is it shot with the blade leaning back towards the shooter...seems like the only way to repeat the sight picture.
    ...thanks for any help , and for sure we'll be taking videos and pictures.

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    Shell holder for the Maynard brass shell WTS

    Good luck with your Maynard. I had one and sold it. Some people like them, and some people do not. Remaining from my Maynard Carbine days is a Maynard shell holder that will fit the standard RCBS or Lee loading device, 7/8 by 14 threads. I turned a discarded Maynard Cartridge into a pusher for Minies. If you get to the point where you would like to buy my Maynard shell loader and pusher, the cost is $50 shipped.

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    (Did I miss your location?) If you are near East Tennessee or Southwest Virginia be happy to help. Been shooting Maynard #2s for a long time. Full charge cases, reduced cases, plastic cases, grits rather than cream of wheat, all with 3f GOEX, OE, or Swiss. Assume you have a mold. Bob
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    Try about 30 grains of Goex 2f, it may not need filler and is far from a full charge. I use a moose moulds smith/maynard bullet in my smith and got good results with 30 grains of Goex 2f, I now use 27 grains of Swiss 2f with better results. A buddy shoots a similar load of Goex out of his Maynard with good results. Seat whatever bullet you have so all the lube rings are in the case, if needed add a little cream of wheat. I'd advise against substitute, it's no cleaner and does change the pressure curve.
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    bullets have arrived,soon to shoot the maynard

    Thank you all for the help , my 350 grain bullets arrived ,when this surprise snow over here at the oregon coast melts off, we'll be ready to have some fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Throckmorton View Post
    Thank you all for the help , my 350 grain bullets arrived ,when this surprise snow over here at the oregon coast melts off, we'll be ready to have some fun.
    Good luck with it! What kind of bullets did you get?
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